Laboratory Phonology methods in Spanish phonology

Authored by: Rebeka Campos-Astorkiza

The Routledge Handbook of Spanish Phonology

Print publication date:  December  2019
Online publication date:  December  2019

Print ISBN: 9780415785693
eBook ISBN: 9781315228112
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Laboratory Phonology argues that the sound structures of languages are best explored by utilizing experimental and instrumental approaches, which allow researchers to advance theoretical models based on empirical findings. This chapter focuses on laboratory methodologies applied to Spanish phonology. Despite theoretical differences, the common thread among practitioners is the use of systematic data analysis, which usually goes hand in hand with an expanded view of phonology compared to traditional or generative phonology. Laboratory studies present testable hypotheses that are proven or refuted through data analysis and interpretation. These hypotheses might be related to data distribution, factors that affect a given process, or predictions made by phonological models. Laboratory studies have been crucial in the development of phonological theories that explicitly address and model the phonetics-phonology interface.

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